Up for sale, a 1979 Greco EG800C Custom in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan, this Greco model EG800C does an excellent job of capturing the finer points of the classic LP Custom design with features reminiscent of the '70s Norlin era of production. The guitar features a carved two-piece maple top, with a solid mahogany body and three-piece maple neck.
When it comes to playability, feel, and tone, the Greco instruments excel, and this guitar comes complete with its original Maxon PU-2 pickups with double cream bobbins. Featuring Alnico V magnets and wax potting for optimal feedback rejection, these PAF-style pickups are wound slightly under 8k ohms with great harmonic complexity, a snappy top end, ample bass, and just enough midrange punch. It's also worth noting that while this guitar doesn't strictly fall under the "lawsuit" umbrella (there was never any legal action taken against Greco specifically), the legacy of these Japanese instruments is forever attached to the term, given the adherence to the vintage specs and cosmetic touches of their USA-made counterparts. Weighing 10lbs 2oz, we've had this Greco professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has pearloid block inlay with fret edge binding on the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have well-rounded crowns, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and optimally-adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock is framed by multi-ply binding, featuring a split diamond inlay and “Custom”-embossed truss rod cover. The original Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the A79-prefix serial on the back of the headstock dates this guitar to January, 1979.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints on the wiring harness. The "PU-2"-embossed pickup baseplates also retain their factory ink stamps, dating to '79, and the pickup covers have been removed to expose the double cream bobbins. Hardware includes the original gold-plated ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stopbar, as well as the brass switch tip, all of which have consistent surface patina. Plastics comprise the raised four-ply pickguard and a replacement set of gold reflector top knobs, which have ridged grips for easy on-the-fly adjustments.
The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish is framed by multi-ply cream binding, highlighting subtle quilt figuring across the mahogany back, and ripples of curly flame on the treble side of the top. Cosmetic wear includes a couple small finish chips (by the knobs and adjacent to the rear strap button), a handful of tiny dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole, and modest buckle worming on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a few small marks on the profile length that don't distract the palm while fretting.